One can find examples of people behaving exactly the same way with other games. The actual "task" they're performing in-game is immaterial.. the fact that they spend time in there instead of going out in real life is the same. The people in question will just find something else to obsess over if you took Wow (or whatever their chosen game be) away from them. I've gone weeks without loading WoW. I'n not at work today, and I've got a whole day to with what I will.. and so far, I've not loaded up WoW. I may make some toast in a minute. I need to change the cat's litter tray at some point. The christmas tree needs putting up as well. I have many things to do.... if I have time after completing these tasks, I may play WoW later.. maybe.. if there's nothing good on TV. Get real... you didn't lose friends to WoW, you lost them to their own addictive personalities. It's a game.. not crack!